I know this sounds strange, but investment firms can have an incentive not to support their companies in future rounds, particularly if there are deep-pocketed co-investors who can do so. It may be part of that firm’s strategy, but also, it can make for some great optics. For example, one of our companies raised a Series
This is a hard post to write. Today is May 12. It is the day of my mother’s birthday. She also died, at age 60, on May 12. That day also happened to be Mother’s Day. It was a difficult day with too many coincidences. Soon after she passed away, I was at the funeral
Kirill Sofronov contacted me after reading my blog post on the recent Kauffman study of VC, in which I reference “VC 2.0.” He asked me to write more about what VC 2.0 is. I think that is a tall order. I will give it a shot, though, using two perspectives as a starting point. First,
Yesterday, I participated in a roundtable discussion on Big Data, led by Greg Bialiecki. He is on the Governor’s team. Wade Roush calls him the “Business Czar” in an article here. I’ve been investing in Big Data, before there was such a label, since 2003: StreamBase, Vertica (sold to HP), Goby (sold to Telenav), VoltDB and Paradigm4.
This is the eighth and final post in a Friday series on “raising VC money.” I hope the series has been helpful to entrepreneurs. If you liked it, please consider Tweeting it or linking your blogs to it, so that other entrepreneurs can find out about it? Today, we’ll cover the topic “getting a strong
Entrepreneurship is hard. We are in that part of the VC cycle when entrepreneurship is again “hot” and the popular media is glorifying start-ups. But, I don’t think it’s all that easy. Here’s how hard it can be. I today met with a young entrepreneur. He is from Estonia. He arrived in the U.S. a